Train to Somewhere Resource Set

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Summary

Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting

This is the story of an orphan named Marianne who is riding an orphan train west from New York City at the turn of the 20th century. Marianne’s mother left her at an orphanage to find a better home, and despite her promises, she hasn’t returned for Marianne. Marianne longs for her mom—and a new family—at every stop the train makes, but she finds neither. Then, she arrives in a town named Somewhere. Use Train to Somewhere with more sophisticated readers who need practice applying strategies like making inferences, identifying author messages and determining importance to fully comprehend text.

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Get everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction using Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for R-Controlled Vowels
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core Alignment
  • Determining Importance: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Making Inferences: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Synthesizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Word Work: RF.4.3 RF.4.4
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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    Train to Somewhere Resource Set

    Determining Importance with Train to Somewhere

    With several characters and plot details, Train to Somewhere will challenge students to focus on the central character and to determine what information and events are most important to the text as a whole.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Identifying the Author’s Purpose with Train to Somewhere

    The meaningful message in Train to Somewhere is very clear. As a result, this book is ideal for readers who need practice identifying the author’s purpose. Readers will be able to focus on identifying evidence throughout the text that supports the broader message.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.6 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Making Inferences with Train to Somewhere

    This book and lesson plan work well to support readers who need additional practice making inferences to improve reading comprehension. Readers will have to connect to prior knowledge and their own experiences and observations to understand what it might have been like to be on an orphan train without a family.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Synthesizing with Train to Somewhere

    Train to Somewhere is an effective anchor text for advanced readers who need work synthesizing. In this lesson, students will work to recognize the different comprehension strategies they’re using to understand the main character’s perspective throughout the story.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Train to Somewhere Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    Train to Somewhere Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Train to Somewhere. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Train to Somewhere Word Work - R-Controlled Vowels

    Train to Somewhere is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about R-controlled vowels. Either download the Train to Somewhere Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.4.3 RF.4.4

    Train to Somewhere Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Train to Somewhere, it’s helpful to review the new vocabulary used in the story. Either download the Train to Somewhere Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

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